Abba and Soda in role swap

Sunday Mail - - CONFIDENTIAL -

THERE’S been a chang­ing of the guard at Chan­nel 7 with vet­eran sports pre­sen­ter Bruce Aber­nethy tak­ing a step back in 2019.

He’ll be hand­ing over the week­day reins to off­sider Mark Soder­strom from Mon­days to Thurs­days and tak­ing over Mark’s role as week­end sports pre­sen­ter as well as pre­sent­ing on Fri­days.

“I’ve been so ex­traor­di­nar­ily lucky to have been with Seven News since my playing days, start­ing over the sum­mer of 1990 and be­ing on air since 1992, while still playing footy,” says Bruce, 56, a for­mer North Melbourne, Colling­wood and Ade­laide star.

“That’s a very long time, and I’ve al­ways been a big be­liever in suc­ces­sion plan­ning in any good busi­ness and this is no dif­fer­ent.

“To be able to hand over pro­gres­sively to ‘Soda’ is per­fect tim­ing and well de­served to him.”

Mark, 48, who will no doubt be set for a big year as he jug­gles the new gig with his break­fast ra­dio job at Mix 102.3, says he’s “been able to learn from the best in the busi­ness over the past 15 years” since join­ing Seven in 2004.

“Abba’s the skip­per of our sports team and when he made the call to cut back his time at the desk I felt priv­i­leged that he en­dorsed me to step up,” he says.

Mark, a for­mer Sturt, Glenelg and North Ade­laider player, will also be step­ping up to MC The Ad­ver­tiser Foun­da­tion’s ever-pop­u­lar Ladies Day, which has moved from the Su­per­loop 500 track to the Hilton Ade­laide this year, on Fe­bru­ary 28.

The event will in­clude per­for­mances from Michael Fal­zon, who is cur­rently per­form­ing along­side Tina Arena in Evita at the Melbourne Arts Cen­tre as well as the stars of The Book of Mor­mon.

Pop­u­lar Su­per­cars driver James Court­ney will also be a spe­cial guest, with an Ade­laide Fash­ion Fes­ti­val pre­sen­ta­tion. Pro­ceeds sup­port The Epilepsy Cen­tre and Can: Do4Kids.

For tick­ets, phone Angela Con­dous on 8206 2344 or email angela.con­[email protected]

TEAM PLAY­ERS: Bruce Aber­nethy and Mark Soder­strom are switch­ing roles at Chan­nel 7.

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